My beach essentials: Adam Brown

The photographer-turned-Orlebar Brown designer lets us peek inside his smartly assembled summer tote.

Adam Brown's crisp, expertly-tailored swim trunks, the cornerstone of his brand, Orlebar Brown, are as well suited to action-packed beach days as they are totally lazy ones—at least if the London-based designer's personal preferences are any indication. "Depending on the time of year, [my ideal beach day is spent at] Boobys Bay, in North Cornwall, for life-affirming freezing water surfing or Macaroni Beach in Mustique for dreaming and whiling away the time in a sunny paradise," he says. Read on for the favorites of a man who hits the beach both for business and pleasure.

orlebar brown thurlow bag

"A canvas tote is always a good starting point. Something that can take the rough and tumble of a holiday, and something you can dump stuff into rather then having to pack neatly."
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orlebar brown classic setter shorts

"Navy is my staple for any holiday or traveling. Whether having drinks in St. Tropez or surfing in Cornwall—these work for me."
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orlebar brown tommy t-shirt

"[I bring] lots of them in different colors. They roll small so you can have a fresh one for the beach, lunch and then meeting friends afterwards."
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hermes towel

"Hermes towels are fabulous. Not too heavy, the perfect size and colors, and I love the detailing."
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lancaster spf 50

"High protection sunscreen is the only way to go."
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books + games + music

"My iPad ticks most of those but I always also travel with Travel Scrabble and a pack of cards."
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orlebar brown beaumont sunglasses

"Timeless, classic, simple—and deeply chic."
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"No day on the beach is complete without lots of things to eat and drink. My ideal poolside snack is a plate of calamari fritti accompanied by a cool glass of rose."
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